Daily Archives: January 17, 2006

Who’s More Rude: Tri Met Bus Drivers or Bicyclists?



Loved the story in today’s Oregonian about the bike v bus driver fisticuffs story. I’m not happy that the bicyclist was nearly hit; and I’m sad that the driver didn’t live long enough (a boating accident) to litigate this; I AM delighted, however, that the rudeness of these two groups of people is on the front page of the paper for all the world to see. If you’re solely reliant upon the bus company to get you where you need to go and you’re constantly subjected to some of their antics you’ll know what I mean. If you have to contend with “activist” bikers you’ll know these guys will make a driver’s life miserable (they love to hold up traffic; refusing to pull over even though several cars are slowed by their riding in the traffic lane).

These incidents happened to a loved one of mine who takes the bus EVERY DAY.

  • Bus driver ignores her and drives on
  • Bus driver fails to stop for her and then flips her off
  • Bus driver refuses to help explain to a mentally retarded passenger where he should go to get catch his correct bus
  • Bus driver stops the bus (not at a stop) gets off, goes into a subway to get her water bottle filled up; standing in a line five people deep, all the while making her passengers wait.
  • Same bus driver STOPS at GREEN lights–three in a row.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

The ACLU Files a Lawsuit Against the NSA…

Nice logo, ACLU, how much did this cost? Will taxpayers pick up the tab for this too?

I wonder how much money the ACLU will make from this charade? They still get their fees no matter how specious the claim. Don’t give me that “they work for free” nonsense. They did, however, recently turn down some funding from their regular patrons. Why? The reason may surprise you. This is a must read. PS. Listen to the show Wednesday night at 8:05 to get the low down on that part of the ACLU’s business dealings.
Why would the ACLU of all groups not want the US to connect the dots in the war on terror?
Here’s something you may wish to know about the “scandal” at the NSA:
As is typical of such wartime operations, the NSA program was classified at the highest level of secret information. It was, nevertheless, completely different from the kind of rogue intelligence operations of which the Nixon era is emblematic (though by no means the only case). The Bush administration internally vetted the program, including at the Justice Department, to confirm its legal footing. It reviewed (and continues to review) the program every 45 days. It briefed the bipartisan leadership of Congress (including the intelligence committees) at least a dozen times. It informed the chief judge of the federal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the tribunal that oversees domestic national-security wiretapping. And it modified the program in mid-2004 in reaction to concerns raised by the chief judge, national-security officials, and government lawyers.Far from being a pretextual use of war powers to spy on political opponents and policy dissenters, the NSA program has been dedicated to national security. More to the point, it has saved lives, helping break up at least one al-Qaeda conspiracy to attack New York City and Washington, D.C., in connection with which a plotter named Iyman Faris was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment.

Read the rest here.
Test reality here.
Blogger shout out to Michelle Malkin.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

What Judge Alito Should Say…




Where do I go to get my reputation back?
Well, was the man who would be supreme court justice a racist because he belonged to a club years ago in which one member wrote an opinion piece that was deemed racist? What if you belong to a club in 2006 that still discriminates against women? I think you should have the ability to associate with whomever you wish, but it is a bit tough to take when the person about whom I refer is the man who spent the better part of last week calling Alito a racist because a former member of the club wanted to keep out minorities.
Why does Teddy Kennedy still belong to a club that doesn’t allow women?
Teddy? Teddy? Find more on this hypocrisy at Michelle Malkin’s blog.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

SCOTUS says Physician Assisted Suicide is OK

The group NOT DEAD YET a handicapped rights group doesn’t like the decision. They understandably believe this will lead to euthanasia and, of course, they’re right. Sooner or later it will happen.

Here’s what the AP believes is the money quote from the 6-3 decision.

Justices, on a 6-3 vote, said that federal authority to regulate doctors does not override the 1997 Oregon law used to end the lives of more than 200 seriously ill people. New Chief Justice John Roberts backed the Bush administration, dissenting for the first time.
The administration improperly tried to use a drug law to prosecute Oregon doctors who prescribe overdoses, the court majority said.
”Congress did not have this far-reaching intent to alter the federal-state balance,” Justice
Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for himself, retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer.

I haven’t read the entire 62 page decision here yet but wonder if the decision that further denigrates human life has buttressed the states’ rights argument that is the hallmark of the conservative agenda. If so, it’s a high price to pay.

Here’s an Oregon AP story on the left’s happiness that not-gone-yet Justice Sandra Day O’Connor voted with the majority.

“We are very pleased and very relieved. This puts to rest the legality of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act,” said Robert Kenneth of Portland, a spokesman for a group known as Death with Dignity.
“I couldn’t be happier. I am a little surprised given the nature of the court. I knew we could rely on Sandra Day O’Connor to give balance to this issue. This is a remarkable ruling as she steps down and retires,” Kenneth said.


Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the dissenters which included Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts:

The question before us is not whether Congress can do this, or even whether Congress should do this; but simply whether Congress has done this in the CSA [controlled substance act]. I think there is no doubt that it has. If the term legitimate medical purpose has any meaning, it surely excludes the prescription of drugs to produce death.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Who’s More Rude: Tri Met Bus Drivers or Bicyclists?



Loved the story in today’s Oregonian about the bike v bus driver fisticuffs story. I’m not happy that the bicyclist was nearly hit; and I’m sad that the driver didn’t live long enough (a boating accident) to litigate this; I AM delighted, however, that the rudeness of these two groups of people is on the front page of the paper for all the world to see. If you’re solely reliant upon the bus company to get you where you need to go and you’re constantly subjected to some of their antics you’ll know what I mean. If you have to contend with “activist” bikers you’ll know these guys will make a driver’s life miserable (they love to hold up traffic; refusing to pull over even though several cars are slowed by their riding in the traffic lane).

These incidents happened to a loved one of mine who takes the bus EVERY DAY.

  • Bus driver ignores her and drives on
  • Bus driver fails to stop for her and then flips her off
  • Bus driver refuses to help explain to a mentally retarded passenger where he should go to get catch his correct bus
  • Bus driver stops the bus (not at a stop) gets off, goes into a subway to get her water bottle filled up; standing in a line five people deep, all the while making her passengers wait.
  • Same bus driver STOPS at GREEN lights–three in a row.
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

The ACLU Files a Lawsuit Against the NSA…

Nice logo, ACLU, how much did this cost? Will taxpayers pick up the tab for this too?

I wonder how much money the ACLU will make from this charade? They still get their fees no matter how specious the claim. Don’t give me that “they work for free” nonsense. They did, however, recently turn down some funding from their regular patrons. Why? The reason may surprise you. This is a must read. PS. Listen to the show Wednesday night at 8:05 to get the low down on that part of the ACLU’s business dealings.
Why would the ACLU of all groups not want the US to connect the dots in the war on terror?
Here’s something you may wish to know about the “scandal” at the NSA:
As is typical of such wartime operations, the NSA program was classified at the highest level of secret information. It was, nevertheless, completely different from the kind of rogue intelligence operations of which the Nixon era is emblematic (though by no means the only case). The Bush administration internally vetted the program, including at the Justice Department, to confirm its legal footing. It reviewed (and continues to review) the program every 45 days. It briefed the bipartisan leadership of Congress (including the intelligence committees) at least a dozen times. It informed the chief judge of the federal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the tribunal that oversees domestic national-security wiretapping. And it modified the program in mid-2004 in reaction to concerns raised by the chief judge, national-security officials, and government lawyers.Far from being a pretextual use of war powers to spy on political opponents and policy dissenters, the NSA program has been dedicated to national security. More to the point, it has saved lives, helping break up at least one al-Qaeda conspiracy to attack New York City and Washington, D.C., in connection with which a plotter named Iyman Faris was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment.

Read the rest here.
Test reality here.
Blogger shout out to Michelle Malkin.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

What Judge Alito Should Say…




Where do I go to get my reputation back?
Well, was the man who would be supreme court justice a racist because he belonged to a club years ago in which one member wrote an opinion piece that was deemed racist? What if you belong to a club in 2006 that still discriminates against women? I think you should have the ability to associate with whomever you wish, but it is a bit tough to take when the person about whom I refer is the man who spent the better part of last week calling Alito a racist because a former member of the club wanted to keep out minorities.
Why does Teddy Kennedy still belong to a club that doesn’t allow women?
Teddy? Teddy? Find more on this hypocrisy at Michelle Malkin’s blog.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

SCOTUS says Physician Assisted Suicide is OK

The group NOT DEAD YET a handicapped rights group doesn’t like the decision. They understandably believe this will lead to euthanasia and, of course, they’re right. Sooner or later it will happen.

Here’s what the AP believes is the money quote from the 6-3 decision.

Justices, on a 6-3 vote, said that federal authority to regulate doctors does not override the 1997 Oregon law used to end the lives of more than 200 seriously ill people. New Chief Justice John Roberts backed the Bush administration, dissenting for the first time.
The administration improperly tried to use a drug law to prosecute Oregon doctors who prescribe overdoses, the court majority said.
”Congress did not have this far-reaching intent to alter the federal-state balance,” Justice
Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for himself, retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer.

I haven’t read the entire 62 page decision here yet but wonder if the decision that further denigrates human life has buttressed the states’ rights argument that is the hallmark of the conservative agenda. If so, it’s a high price to pay.

Here’s an Oregon AP story on the left’s happiness that not-gone-yet Justice Sandra Day O’Connor voted with the majority.

“We are very pleased and very relieved. This puts to rest the legality of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act,” said Robert Kenneth of Portland, a spokesman for a group known as Death with Dignity.
“I couldn’t be happier. I am a little surprised given the nature of the court. I knew we could rely on Sandra Day O’Connor to give balance to this issue. This is a remarkable ruling as she steps down and retires,” Kenneth said.


Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the dissenters which included Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts:

The question before us is not whether Congress can do this, or even whether Congress should do this; but simply whether Congress has done this in the CSA [controlled substance act]. I think there is no doubt that it has. If the term legitimate medical purpose has any meaning, it surely excludes the prescription of drugs to produce death.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com